Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)
With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity. His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research. He is the co-author of the Race to Equity Report, which is a three-year comprehensive study examining racial disparities in Dane County, WI. Prior to relocating to Madison, he served as the Founding Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative (Atlanta, GA), the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for St. HOPE Academy (California and New York), and the Executive Director of Uth Turn (Newark, New Jersey). A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Winn earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin) examining the role of social capital in the educational, leadership and career trajectories of youth of color.
My research focuses how youth of color read, de-code, examine, and resist racial inequities and opportunity gaps in their schools and communities. My research explores the role that social, community, cultural, and resistance capital plays in the lives of youth and their families and how these factors influences the their experiences in education, participation in civic engagement and limits their access to opportunities or social mobility.
Ph.D. in Human Ecology, Civil Society and Community Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 2017
Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, May 2007
Juris Doctor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2004
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of California, Berkeley, California, May 1999
Consultant, Casey Family Programs Fellow, City of Madison, Madison, WI, June 2015- present
Instructor, Leadership and Management for Non-Profit Orgs., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Fall 2014, Spring 2014 & 16
Teaching Assistant., Leadership and Management for Non-Profit Orgs., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Fall 2013
Consultant- Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement,The Race to Equity Project (funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation), Madison, WI, October 2012- Present
Founding Executive Director, The Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2012- June 2013
Director of Development, Emory Law School and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, August 2010-January 2012
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, St. HOPE Academy, Sacramento, California and New York, New York,July 2007- July 2010
Executive Director, Uth Turn, Newark, New Jersey, February 2006- May 2007
Program Manager, Uth Turn, Newark, New Jersey, August 2005- February 2006
St. HOPE Fellows, St. HOPE Academy, Sacramento, California, August 1999- August 2001
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
Christens, B.D., Winn, L.T. & Duke, A. M. (2015). Empowerment and Critical
Consciousness: A Conceptual Cross-Fertilization. Adolescent Research Review.
Winn, L. T. & Winn, M. T. (2015). Expectations and realities: Education, the discipline gap, and the experiences of Black families migrating to small cities. Race and Social Problems Special Issue on Education
Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)
Winn, L.T. & Winn, M. T. (2015). “There’s nothing for us here”: Black families navigating the school/prison nexus 60 years after Brown. (p. 245-266). In P. Noguera, J. Pierce & R. Ahram’s (Eds.). The unfulfilled promise of racial equality in education: Current realities and future prospects. New York: Springer.
Winn, L.T. & Winn, M. T. (Forthcoming). “We want this to be owned by you:” The promise and perils of Youth Participatory Action Research. In S. Greene’s (Eds.).Youth Voices, Public Spaces, and Civic Engagement. New York and London: Routledge.
Nelson, E., & Winn, L.T., (2013). Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the state of racial disparities in Dane County. Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Madison, WI. (Funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Honors and Awards
Summertime Academic Research (STAR) Award, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Received $3,000 for project entitled “The Possibilities of Youth Re-Acting to Research.” April 2014.
Meta Schroeder Beckner Endowment Grant, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Received $14,200 for project entitled “Connecting Families, Schools, and Community Organizations. February 2014.
Conference Presentations (peer reviewed)
Winn, L. T. (2016). Black Youth Re-Searching and Re-Acting to Racial Disparities. A paper to be presented at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology.
Winn, L.T. & Winn, M. T. (2015, February). Reading race and the new Black migration. A paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Assemble for Research. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Conference Presentations (Invited)
Winn, L. T., & Winn, M. T., 2014. Expectations and realities: Education, the discipline gap, and the experiences of Black families migrating to small cities. A paper presented at New York University’s Brown: 60 and Beyond Conference. New York, NY.
Institutional Presentations (Invited)
Winn, L.T., & Nelson, E. (2015). Reframing the Discourse on Racial and Economic Disparities in Student Achievement. The Annual Educational Policy Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Winn, L.T. (2015). Cities and Youth Using Research and Data to Implement Change. Cities United Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
Winn, L. T., (2014). Social Capital: Organizing Residents for Community Change. Edgewood College. Madison, WI.
Winn, L,T. (2014). The Role of Philanthropic Foundations in Faith-Based Initiatives. Grant makers for Children, Youth, and Families Annual Conference. Detroit, MI.
Winn, L.T. (2014). Opportunities, Gaps, and Disparities and the Role of the University. UW-Madison’s Racial Disparities and Opportunities Gap Committee. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Madison, WI.
Winn, L.T. & Nelson, E. (2014). Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County. University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Family Medicine. Madison, WI.
Winn, L. T.& Nelson, E. (2013). Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County. Race to Equity and the YWCA Racial Justice Summit. Madison, WI.
Winn, L. T. & Nelson, E. (2013). Educational Disparities: Juvenile-In-Justice. Co-presented with Richard Ross. University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Education. Madison, WI.
Winn, L.T. & Nelson, E. (2013). Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County. City of Madison’s Neighborhood Resource Teams. Madison, WI.
Winn, L.T. & Nelson, E. (2013). Racial Disparities Findings in Dance County. Annie E. Casey Foundation. Baltimore, MD.
Winn, L. T. (2012). Race, Education, and Dr. King’s Dream. The 14th Annual MLK Celebration. Middlebury College. Middlebury, VT.
Winn, L, T. (2011). Academic Achievement and Higher Education. Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
Winn, L. T. (2010). The Sports Philanthropy Playbook: Strategic Giving for Community Change. The Council on Foundations Conference. Denver, CO.
University of Wisconsin Morgridge Center for Public Service Campus Advisory Board (2015-Present).
Board Member of Forward Community Investments, Madison, WI (2015-Present).
Opportunity Gaps and Racial Disparity Committee (Commissioned by Chancellor Rebecca Blank), University of Wisconsin, Madison (2014-Present).
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine Advisory Committee (2014-Present).
City of Madison City Youth Internship Program Review Committee (2014).
Board Member of The Foundation for Madison Public Schools, Madison, WI (2013-2014).
Boys and Girls Club of America Task Force member for the national high school dropout crisis, Atlanta, GA, (2009).
City of Madison, Wisconsin (2015-present).
Verona School District, Verona, Wisconsin (2013-2014).
Race to Equity, Madison, Wisconsin (2012-present).
Center for Nu Leadership Urban Solutions, New York, New York (2011).
St. HOPE Leadership Academy, New York, New York, (2010).
American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL (2015).
American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (2013).
American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC (2012).
American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA (2011).
Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Program, Sacramento, CA (2009).